Sunday, September 26, 2010

High Scores For Lebanon

With 87.77% Lebanon becomes the 2nd highest scoring film of 2010, after Festival Audience Award winner Departures.  You can read John's thoughts on Lebanon in his review for the Reminder and share your own views via our new commenting system on the film page.

Next up we have Le Concert, "A superbly directed, beautifully acted French farce that's both powerfully emotional and laugh-out-loud funny. Highly recommended" says Matthew Turner of ViewLondon.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Lebanon - Sunday 26th September 5pm

This coming Sunday's film is Lebanon: first of all, please don't be kept away by talk of the violence that it contains. It is essentially a war film, and of course that entails violence, but the thrust of the film is definitely anti-war and you'll find the experience gripping (I hope) and persuasive. Here are some views from a couple of critics:
'In its creative audacity, the precision of its psychological portraiture and, above all, in its uncompromising moral seriousness, Lebanon accomplishes about as much as any war movie can.' 
A. O. Scott, New York Times.
'It is a modern war movie of unusual poetic-political resonance and a brilliant stroke of minimalist filmmaking' 

James Verniere, Boston Herald. 
Oh... and it did win the Golden Lion at Venice.

Film Society of the Year Awards

We didn't quite manage the top BFFS prizes, but Distinctions in Best Programming and Best Website - in effect runners-up - is a lot better than nothing. Apparently there are now at least 375 film societies and 'community cinemas', so coming second seems respectable. You can see a full list of all the winners at and if you'd like some photos of the weekend too, with Derek Malcolm, Francine Stock et al, they're on a series which pictures our plaques at 4466876/  

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Still Walking - Scores & Review

Still Walking scored 70.57% with our audience on Sunday, you can read John's opinion in his review and leave your own views on the film page.

This Sunday we have Lebanon, "an astonishing feature debut that will amaze and upset, and has the strength to ask larger questions without ever forgetting its intimate roots." according to Empire.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Still Walking - Sunday 19th September 5pm

This Sunday, we have for your delectation another Japanese film, Still Walking, that may go a long way towards rivalling last season's best-ever, Departures. Only the theme of family is similar, but the Japanese seem to have the knack of transferring quietly civilised, emotionally satisfying dramas to the big screen. And so say all the critics: it scores 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, which ain't easy.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Opening Time - Sunday 12th 4:15pm

Come and meet your fellow film enthusiasts (and you’ll probably find that they share lots of your other enthusiasms) at 4.15pm on Sunday 12th September and enjoy a free drink (wine or juice) before the screening of I Am Love.

Chosen as the first film of the new season to appeal to the whole spectrum of our audience, this critically-acclaimed love story set in the moneyed upper classes of Milan has had its dramatic impact compared to King Lear or The Leopard.

We have created an event on our Facebook page if you would like to let us and other 'Fans' know you'll be coming along.